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Sudan: Must Read: ABA ROLI Partner, Abdelrahman Al Gasim, Delivers Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Sudan to the African Commission

June 3, 2019

Lawyers, journalists, and human rights defenders in Sudan have faced arbitrary detention, torture, and death by Sudanese military and security forces for decades. These military and security forces are often shielded from prosecution. On April 11, 2019, after almost 5 months of civilian-led protests against the regime, the Bashir government was overthrown. 

Following this, ABA ROLI supported two members of the Darfur Bar Association to attend the 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) where they delivered a statement on the current human rights situation in Sudan. In short, the statement calls upon the ACHPR to support the demands of the Sudanese people of the government, to investigate the widespread human rights violations (particularly in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile States), and to support the release of persons detained by the former regime. 

The statement was delivered by Abdelrahman Al Gasim, who received the ABA International Human Rights Award in 2018. 

Joint Oral Intervention Presented by Mr. Abdelrahman Al Gasim on behalf of Al-Khatim Adlan Centre for Enlightenment, Darfur Bar Association, and Darfur Relief and Documentation Center

ACHPR 64th Ordinary Session April 24 – May 14, 2019, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

https://abaruleoflaw.blogspot.com/2019/06/must-read-aba-roli-partner-abdelrahman.html

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/demonstrations-all-over-sudan-during-the-weekend-protestors-hurt-in-el-obeid

https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/sudan-protests-continue-leading-up-to-march-of-millions

https://allafrica.com/stories/201906240446.html

https://www.trtworld.com/africa/un-rights-chief-calls-for-halt-to-repression-sudan-unrest-27277

https://www.france24.com/fr/20190619-soudan-omar-el-bechir-procureure-cpi-remis-transfert-haye-onu-crime-humanite (FRANCAIS)

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(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 22/06/19)

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Egypt: African Rights Session Amid Dire Abuses

April 24, 2019

The 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the African Union’s top rights body, will take place from April 24 to May 14 in Sharm al-Sheikh. (c) 2019 Private.

Egypt is hosting an Africa human rights session beginning April 24, 2019, while its government is presiding over the worst human rights crisis in the country in recent decades, 15 African, Egyptian, and international organizations said today.

The 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the African Union’s top rights body, will take place from April 24 to May 14 in Sharm al-Sheikh. In addition to its systematic failure to respect and protect human rights at home, Egypt has also led efforts to undermine the commission’s independence. The commission should strongly raise Egypt’s human rights abuses at the meeting.

“Egypt is trying to appear like a country open for human rights delegates and sessions while, at the same time, crushing all dissenting voices and its once-vibrant human rights community,” said Michael page, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “We know that many Egyptian and international organizations are not allowed to work freely in Egypt and cannot voice concerns without severe retaliation from the government.”

In September 2017, officials stopped Ibrahim Metwally, a lawyer and co-founder of the Associations of the Families of the Disappeared, from traveling for meetings with UN officials in Geneva. Security agencies arrested him at the airport and held him incommunicado for a few days. He is still held in “pretrial detention” for farcical charges.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/04/24/egypt-african-rights-session-amid-dire-abuses

Egypt: African rights summit amid dire abuses

https://allafrica.com/stories/201904240279.html

The lawyer “Ibrahim Metwally” is facing deliberate medical negligence inside his imprisonment.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/01/giulio-regeni-torture-egypt-italian-government

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/12/egypt-italy-regeni-attorney-20-suspects-egyptian-officials.html

http://www.achpr.org/sessions/64th_os/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibrahim_Metwaly

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2019/04/24/egypte-session-de-la-cadhp-dans-un-contexte-de-violations-de-droits-humains (FRANCAIS)

https://www.atlasinfo.fr/Egypte-ouverture-de-la-64e-session-ordinaire-de-la-Commission-africaine-des-droits-de-l-Homme-et-des-peuples_a100067.html (FRANCAIS)

http://www.achpr.org/fr/sessions/64th_os/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.hrw.org/ar/news/2019/04/24/329396 (ARABIC)

http://www.achpr.org/ar/sessions/64th_os/ (ARABIC)

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Ibrahim Metwally

Sudan/Egypt: 4 Sudanese lawyers denied visas by Egypt for African Commission for Human & Peoples’ Rights Session

April 19, 2019

The African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) 64th Session on and will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The host country’s embassies in Khartoum and Kampala refused to grant four Sudanese lawyers entry visas to participate: 1- Abdelrahman Mohamed Al Gasim /Kampala 2- Awad Basha Omer Kortikaila / Khartoum 3- Saeed Abdullah Sudan hubilla/ Khartoum 4- Nasreldein Musa Gomna Idris/ Khartoum This behavior has never happened at any previous session, all host countries are working hard to facilitate the travel of all participants.

http://www.achpr.org/sessions/64th_os/

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Commission_on_Human_and_Peoples%27_Rights

http://www.achpr.org/fr/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.achpr.org/ar/ (ARABIC)

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This week I am attending the 64 session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (#ACHPR64). A great number of defenders were unable to join us because they weren’t allowed to travel, could not obtain a visa from the Egyptian authorities or decided not to come for fear of reprisals. We have received more than 60 alleged cases of thiskind! This is not right!!! Human rights defenders should be able to participate in public life and to travel and participate in international meetings with international and regional organisations. These are rights enshrined in the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.

(UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Michel Forst Facebook, 23/04/19)